Xiaomi Mi 50W Power Bank – Energy on the move

Xiaomi Mi 50W Power Bank - L'énergie en mouvement

Despite the recent reduction in load shedding in recent weeks, there is still no end. With schedules being revised upwards for the foreseeable future, we are once again looking for power solutions optimized for everyday use. Keeping your smartphone charged has become one of the most important aspects of modern lifestyle. That's why you need a simple solution to keep it powered even in the absence of a regular power supply. The Xiaomi Mi 50W 20,000mAh Power Bank is a great option for users.

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Conception and design

Although power bank design offers many possibilities, the tendency, especially for larger capacity options, is to remain as minimalist as possible. This is the case of the Xiaomi Mi 50W. I've owned a few similar models before, but this is by far the most minimalist of the bunch. And that suits me perfectly.

It features a matte black plastic polymer finish. It has the classic shape of a rectangular prism with rounded sides. However, this device has a smooth finish, unlike many others with textured lids. The simplicity of the design is only broken by the shiny “Mi” logo on the top and the ports on the front.

Speaking of which, there are only three ports on the front. These include two USB output ports and a USB Type-C port for charging the device. Four small white LEDs located above the central Type-C port indicate the device's remaining charge. These LEDs are barely noticeable and are only visible when turned on. To see them, simply press the power button located on the left side of the device.

The device is relatively light for its large capacity. It measures 154x74x28mm, making it compact enough to fit in a pants pocket. Additionally, it weighs 470g. That's about twice the weight of a modern smartphone, but still light enough to carry in a pants pocket or purse.

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A good balance between minimalist aesthetics and solid construction.

Performance

With its 50W fast charging capabilities, the Xiaomi 50W 20,000 mAh Power Bank places more emphasis on performance than visual appearance. And it's a good thing.

One of the first impressive aspects of this power bank is its fast charging capability. Often these are just specs on paper that don't mean much or don't meet expectations. Fortunately, that is not the case here. The Xiaomi 50W Power Bank offers fast charging, allowing users to quickly charge their compatible smartphones. Considering the size of the batteries in many flagship smartphones, this is a nice feature, when some standard power banks often take twice as long to charge.

Interestingly, the Type-C port serves as both input and output. This means you can charge the power bank and your external device from the same port, which is very convenient.

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When it comes to charging, the 20,000 mAh lithium polymer battery is quite heavy to fill. However, the device supports 45W charging, which reduces the charging time to just 4.5 hours.

Multiple voltage and current options are available from both USB port types. These options are:

  • USB-A: 5V 3A, 9V 2.23A, 12V 1.67A, 10V 2.25A
  • Type-C: 5V 3A, 9V 3A, 10V 5A, 12V 3A, 15V 3A, 20V 2A

Users can thus charge several different devices in addition to the classic smartphone. This includes the latest MacBook Pro, Xiaomi Laptop and other laptops, as well as the Nintendo Switch. It is therefore a very flexible solution, which allows users to charge almost all of their modern devices.

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Conclusion

Xiaomi Mi 50W

Power solutions are an essential part of the daily lives of South Africans. Having a portable solution to stay powered in the event of a disruption is essential. The Xiaomi Mi 50W 20,000mAh Power Bank is a great option for everyone.

It may be more expensive than conventional power banks (1,499 euros), but it offers excellent value for money with a massive 20,000 mAh capacity and a 50W fast charging option. The device is available at Makro and Takealot.

Review

Xiaomi Mi 50W Power Bank

BENEFITS

  • Minimalist design
  • Solid build quality
  • Portable
  • Large capacity

CONS

  • No visibility of battery percentage

Exam Breakdown

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